Category results for "Mental Health"

Only 16% of Adults See Progress on Prescription Drug Abuse: Survey

A new Pew Research Center survey finds only 16 percent of Americans think the nation is making progress on prescription drug abuse, and 19 percent see progress in dealing with mental illness.

Veterans Face Dangerous Combination of Painkillers and PTSD

Many of the more than two million veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from both pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Often they are treated with opioid painkillers, which can be a dangerous mix with mental illness because of the risk of addiction, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Addiction Treatment Experts Await Details of Parity Rules

Addiction and mental health treatment experts say they are hopeful new rules issued by the federal government that require parity between treatment for mental and physical illness will greatly expand access to care. They say a critical component of the rules’ success will be the criteria insurers use to include patients for addiction and mental health coverage.

Parity Rules for Addiction and Mental Health Treatment to be Issued Today

Rules that will require health insurers to provide coverage for addiction and mental health that is equal to benefits for general medical coverage will be issued Friday by the Obama administration, The New York Times reports.

Mental Health Care of Young Adults Will Raise Costs Under Affordable Care Act: Study

As a growing number of young adults receive mental health care under the Affordable Care Act, costs are likely to rise, according to a new analysis. Under the law, mental health issues will now be treated the same as physical ailments, USA Today reports.

30% of Veterans Given Psychiatric Drugs Aren’t Diagnosed With Mental Health Problem

A new study finds 30 percent of U.S. veterans prescribed psychiatric medications do not have a diagnosed mental health problem.

Club Drug Variant May be Effective as Antidepressant, Study Suggests

A variant of the club drug ketamine could be reformulated for use as an antidepressant, a new study suggests. The three-week study found depressed people who took the drug reported improvement.

Study Finds No Increased Risk of Suicide From Smoking Cessation Drugs

The smoking cessation drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) do not increase the risk of suicide or depression, compared with nicotine replacement therapy, a new study concludes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued safety warnings about using these drugs to help people quit smoking.

Ritalin Successfully Treats ADHD in People with Substance Dependence: Study

A new study finds Ritalin can successfully treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in people with substance dependence. People with both conditions often do not respond well to ADHD medication, according to MedicalXpress.

Experts Say Mental Health Parity Law Falls Short of Goal

Five years after the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 was signed by President George W. Bush, experts say the law has not created parity for mental health coverage.

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